November 11th is the day we honor the men and women who risked or gave their lives in service to our country. Veterans Day is a moment where we all take a pause to be grateful for their sacrifices and thank our vets for what they gave. It’s with that in mind that all national parks, including the Grand Canyon National Park, have waived their entry fees for everyone on November 11th.
That is up to $30 in savings for all citizens to drive up and visit the Grand Canyon. Be forewarned, many people will take advantage of this offering. Prepare yourselves for heavier traffic and more tourists than usual. While it may be hectic, it is still worth your time.
While all citizens are welcomed to enjoy the Grand Canyon weather and hike on Veterans Day, park officials have something special to offer our active duty members of the U.S. military and their families. Enlisted men and women, along with their dependents, are offered a free annual pass to the Grand Canyon. This pass will allow them to visit the Grand Canyon trails whenever they want during the calendar year without an entry fee. All they need to do is show their valid, current military ID card.
Active military members and vets can also get discounts on tours through companies located in Flagstaff and Williams. As these veterans enjoy their Grand Canyon tour, businesses surrounding the Grand Canyon and Tusayan are also offering discounts on food, souvenirs, and hotel stays for those who serve or have served.
As for civilians, know that while the entry fee has been waived so you can enjoy the serenity of the Grand Canyon, this does not account for other services such as parking or reserving camping sites.
Take a moment to thank a veteran for his or her service. No matter what your political beliefs may be, it is those in military that fight to make sure you can keep those beliefs and express them proudly. Happy Veterans Day.